- Type: Essay (any type)
- Subject: Geography
- Topic: Writer’s choice from any of the topics in the instructions (there are multiple options)
- Style: MLA
- Number of pages: 2 pages/double spaced (550 words)
- PowerPoint slides: 0
- Number of source/references: 1
- Extra features: –
OK, maybe that wasn’t much of an attention-grabbing title for this assignment. But maps CAN be fun, honest! I realize that for most of you, your exposure to maps has likely been the electronic versions on your phone and laptop, the ones that help you find your way to the closest Starbucks or the quickest route to Las Vegas.
Then again, I think that there are some of you who have actually used PAPER maps! Personally, I prefer to have a paper map with me whenever I travel; they show lots of information that Google Maps leaves out. And Waze focuses on getting you somewhere, not what you’re passing on the way.
While the maps I’ve mentioned above all have to do with illustrating a geographic area, there are many kinds of maps that serve different purposes. Any topic with a spatial component can be represented with a map, and that graphic representation is often much clearer to understand than would be the raw data and paragraphs describing the distribution of the factors being mapped. I’m sure you’ve all seen maps of COVID-19 distribution; aren’t they easier to make sense of than would be rows & rows of place names and statistics? Exactly.
This week’s Assignment is for you to select one of the maps or articles about maps from the list below and write a minimum 500-word essay it. If you feel a little extra research will help you cover the topic thoroughly, please learn more!
As with Assignment #1, your assignment will be submitted through the plagiarism checking software Turnitin. For this and a few more such Assignments I will give you two (2) opportunities to submit so that you may rectify any accidental copying you may have done from your sources. Any work submitted with a plagiarism score of 25% or over will receive a score of zero.
Choose from one of these:
Map of Endangered Languages of the World https://matadornetwork.com/read/endangered-languages-world-one-cool-map/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=social&utm_content=inf_430_49_2&utm_campaign=bos&tse_id=INF_e976a110236e11e7ab1b4bd69f1788b7 (Links to an external site.)
Is this the map that guided Columbus? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/#sZETH6QVUjIV2mwG.03 (Links to an external site.)
Earth divided in 10 zones of equal population http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/earth-divided-in-ten-zones-of-equal-population (Links to an external site.)
More accurate world map wins prestigious design award http://all-that-is-interesting.com/authagraph-world-map (Links to an external site.)
How much do you know about the basics of map reading?
http://quizzes.howstuffworks.com/quiz/how-much-do-you-know-the-basics-map-reading?mkcpgn=b9ae6dceb4e84e4da5ab6dbca9ae60c4 (Links to an external site.)
33 maps that explain the US better than any textbook http://all-that-is-interesting.com/maps-that-explain-america (Links to an external site.)
7 striking maps that visualize the human footprint visualcapitalist.com/maps%2Dvisualize%2Dhuman%2Dfootprint/ (Links to an external site.)
A map of the US features titles of over 1000 songs https://mymodernmet.com/famous-songs-a-map-of-the-united-states-dorothy/ (Links to an external site.)
Who drew the first geologic map? https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/03/23/who-drew-the-first-geological-map/ (Links to an external site.)
The history of LA place names
https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/los-angeles-place-names-mapped/ (Links to an external site.)
An ever-evolving map of everything on Earth with Jack Dangermond https://www.ted.com/talks/jack_dangermond_an_ever_evolving_map_of_everything_on_earth (Links to an external site.)
Which way will paper maps go in the future? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-15/paper-maps-have-a-future-says-cartographer-anthony-stephens/100303036 (Links to an external site.)